- Series: Missing Manuals
- Paperback: 992 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (September 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491947195
- ISBN-13: 978-1491947197
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 120 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
What’s New in Photoshop CC 2014
New blur filters
This version of Photoshop CC sports two additions to the Blur Gallery family of filters that let you simulate motion in a photo that doesn’t have any (or that doesn’t have enough).
Typekit access, font searches, and instant font previews
In this version of the program, you can get to hundreds of fonts right from Photoshop’s font family menu and—once you install them (which is incredibly easy)—you can use them in any program on your machine that sports a font menu.
Select in-focus areas with Focus Area
This new command summons a dialog box that automatically selects the in-focus parts of an image. It does a great job if the photo has a strong focal point and a blurry background, and the dialog box includes a couple of sliders and brushes that you can use to fine-tune the selection. You can also send the selection straight over to the Refine Edge dialog box for more tweaking.
About the Author
Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s an internationally acclaimed speaker, a stock photographer, and the founder of the creative tutorial site PhotoLesa.com. Lesa is the author of many video-training workshops (www.lesa.in/clvideos) and the coauthor of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual. She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to Design-Tools.com and PlanetPhotoshop.com. Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences around the globe. You can connect with her online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.lesa.in/ytvideochannel), Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and www.PhotoLesa.com.
During her free time, you’ll find Lesa carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention with her husband, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA and the First Lady of the Colorado Mac User Group (www.CoMUG.com) a.k.a. the Boulder Mac Maniacs. Email: email@example.com.
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Her personable approach on teaching and the humor she injects in it makes it a lot of fun. Photoshop is a very powerful program and sometimes can get pretty frustrating when you miss a teeny tiny bit of information.
She found just the right tone in the book to make it interesting to people that already know some Photoshop so it does not get boring and you do get to master the details well. She does go over the basics without succumbing to boredom and hold your hand thru some more nifty stuff.
There are more advanced books but all in all this is a solid purchased, one you will be very happy to make. My only regret was not have done it earlier!
I'm almost fully a self-taught Photoshop addict. But bought this book because I'd recently watched some of the author's video tutorial content online and was very impressed to see things there that I'd not understood at all or not quite understood correctly. And so it is with the book too. There are all sorts of useful things - written down in just a very engaging, non-fussy and (often) humorous way - that will improve any Photoshop user's workflow. Whether they be novice or expert, designer or photographer. This has to be the best value-for-money educational contribution to Photoshop in its Creative Cloud version that there is (and I own a couple of other books on the same topic). Plus, there are online resources to boot. Some of the work files generated as examples in the book are available from a Missing Manuals website. While some related topics and projects are referenced with links to the author's own website.
So, for example, if you're not sure that you are making image Selections by the most efficient route, then it'll take maybe 15 minutes to read the relevant material, with all manner of helpful Tips and Notes along the way. And there will be a file to download that allows for direct practice. And later, another 15 minutes for an appreciation of the power of Smart Objects, Actions, the Generator, and so forth, etc. - just like Bible study!
I highly recommend this fine book and congratulate Ms. Snider on all aspects of her authorship. Words, images, screenshots and layout - are all very fine. It is also one of the very few Photoshop books ever which features coverage of some third-party resources (plug-ins, the Adobe Add-ons site, included). It is surely to be hoped that some mechanism can be found to keep this volume up-to-date as the incremental upgrades and updates to Photoshop appear ever more frequently in the Adobe Creative Cloud.
Right now my rating for this book is 3 STARS for average. Average isn't bad but like anything, I'm trying to find the good in the book. The jury is still out right now and I plan on updating my review in the future.
I would have much rather the text style have been like a college textbook rather than the frequent "cutsey" saying like "Read them and weep, boys." when explaining an example box containing a winning poker hand.
But, it does explain in detail how to use PS CC and what all the command variables are. I have read several chapters multiple times to absorb and retain the knowledge. Good book to purchase!